Looking for some new texts to start off the school year? These ideas for back to school books are perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade students. Teachers can use these books during the first weeks as read alouds linked to writing, art, and teambuilding activities.
This week I’ve been thinking about all the Back to School books I need to buy since I’ve been using my amazing teammate’s (turned literacy specialist’s) massive vat of picture books for the past few years. Here’s a few I’d recommend for those first weeks of school.
After Mr. Plumbeans’ house is splashed with bright orange paint, he decides to continue the color and creates a house that represents him and all his dreams. This is a great book for talking about positive individual differences and is perfect to use as inspiration for a back to school dream house art project.
The black and white animal pictures in this book are to die for! The kids love the silly and serious animal pictures. I always show students the cover of the book and then put out copies of the pictures. Then students are asked to talk to others around the room about what they think might be the caption under their picture. It gets the kids talking and they love to see what the author actually wrote under their favorite picture (usually the cat in goggles). This is also an excellent mentor text to use when talking about using pictures to jump start ideas for writing!
Love, love, love this book! It’s a great one to use to talk about memories and connections with others’ personal experiences. You can also use it to introduce an object guessing game – every student brings an object to class during the first weeks and tells classmates what memory or experience the object represents. It’s perfect to use as a mentor text for personal narrative writing and I love the pictures as well as the story. Well done Mem Fox!
If you’re interested in more ideas for simple summer projects, or items you can make or buy for your 2-3 classroom this summer to help save some sanity in the fall, head to the Summer Tasks for Teachers Post HERE.